Beneath the surface are seeds of possibility

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“The” Sir Ken Robinson (Photo credit: TimWilson)

Another inspiring talk from Sir Ken Robinson through TED, again calling for a revolution in education delivery.

At first glance, education might seem to have little to do with child survival, and in the context of this talk that is largely true. However, towards the end of the talk, he speaks about the role of culture and leadership for creating change. Inspiring stuff, and lessons we can use in other areas and not only in changing education. Great presentation technique. I don’t think he took one step in all 19 minutes of speaking. No powerpoint. Just the appeal of personality and persuasion through reasoned argument.

Here is the first thing that struck me, talking about the role of culture to influence opportunity:

(Paraphrased) The culture is absolutely essential…Right near the surface are seeds of possibility waiting for the right conditions come about in order to spring to life…. Not ‘Command and Control’, but the real role of leadership is ‘Climate Control’. Creating a climate of possibility.

The second point to note was about leadership:

Benjamin Franklin said there are three sorts of people in the world: there are people who are unmovable…, people who are movable…, and there are people who move.

This is what we need for a revolution. Move leaders who move.


Stop and listen to someone else’s story: Be the bridge

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Get inspired!

Each one of us can do amazing things in the world. Take the time to listen to another today- build a bridge to understand them better.

We all have an enormous capacity for love. Void if not used before use by date (death).

Jessica Jackley co-founder of Kiva tells her personal story here at TED. It is an emotional appeal.

How can you be the bridge for another today?

Ideas as Bridges

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"Look to the innovators"

Melinda Gates provides an engaging perspective about what would define a better world in this TED Talk.

Great to see that the better half of one of the world’s richest men has her priority on things that really matter. Her belief: it is possible to globally eradicate polio.

How does she define happiness? Holding a healthy baby in her arms.

Look to the innovators. Here she uses Coca-Cola as a case study. This is an example of ideas as bridges. This is the potential of the 10 City Bridge Run. Connecting people, ideas and places. Join us!

The Sharing of An Idea

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Chris Anderson speaking at TED reveals his take on The Art of Spreading Ideas:

It is in the non-verbal portion that there is some serious magic.

Watch the video here.

What is the potential for a ‘pictorial petition’ with 24,000 images of people expressing what it means for them to be a bridge to eradicate extreme poverty while joining with others?

Let’s find out! Please I need your support. Considering the sponsoring of the book “Above the Line” to be presented to the G20 Summit leadership.

Check out the 24×24 Challenge: Is the Seemingly Impossible Possible?

Hans Rosling provides proof! The seemingly impossible is possible.

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Now and again you come across one of those people who somehow makes the complex simple, and in doing so can turn our assumptions on their head. Hans Rosling, hailing from Sweden makes an interesting twist to how we might perceive development and poverty.

This TED talk from 2007 is worth watching. It was Rich Fleming from the Global Poverty Project who put me onto this information, as I was discussing my intention of doing this run many months ago. He suggested that this question: “Is the seemingly impossible possible?” was worth asking.

In five years the 2o15 deadline arrives for reporting on the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

How can we best use the information and framing that Hans presents to change our own perspective?

Was this useful for you or just an amusing presentation?